Tina Fey was on Late Night with Seth Meyers last night and turned her attention to Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon’s crotch-grabbing antics. She didn’t comment on his seven-game suspension, but she did have some thoughts on what will happen the next time he pitches.
Philadelphia Business Journal reports that the Phillies have extended their contract with CBS Radio through the 2015 season. A three-year-contract, signed in 2012, was to expire at the end of this season.
Terms of the extension were not disclosed. Officials on both sides said the extra year will give them a chance to negotiate the next long-term contract.
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Officially, the suspension was also for making contact with umpire Joe West after West ejected Papelbon for grabbing his crotch as he walked off the field. Papelbon won’t appeal his suspension, and will get a weeklong vacation from what could be a 90-loss team.
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) September 16, 2014
It’s quite easy to note how long Papelbon’s suspension is, compared to other MLB bans. Intentionally throwing at a player gets you about four games. Domestic abusers are rarely punished. Ditto DUIs. It’s kind of hilarious. Seven games for grabbing his crotch!
Jonathan Papelbon gave up four runs in the top of the ninth inning, blowing his fourth save of the year in the Phillies’ 5-4 loss to the Marlins. Papelbon has actually been pretty good for the Phillies this year — he’s saved 37 games, and is having his best year of his three seasons with the Phillies — but was booed as he walked off the field after surrendering a three-run lead.
This is when things got interesting. As you can tell from the back page of Monday’s Daily News, Papelbon grabbed his crotch as he left the field. Was it directed at the crowd? Papelbon said afterward it wasn’t: The umpire “basically came over and said that I did an inappropriate gesture and I had no clue what he was talking about,” Papelbon told reporters afterward.
That ump, Joe West, saw otherwise. “The whole thing started because the fans booed him, and he made an obscene gesture,” West told a pool reporter. “He had no business doing that. He’s got to be more professional than that. And that’s why he was ejected.”
Last night, the Phillies had a chance to win their second straight game against the Pirates. They led, 3-2, in the top of the fifth inning when Andrew McCutchen hit one to center. It bounced off the wall, but some bad defense from the Phillies turned it into an inside-the-park home run.
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#Phillies Ruben Amaro says fans only care about Ws and Ls. But there are a few that stick with team no matter what.
— Dan Gelston (@APgelston) September 10, 2014
There you go! And it immediately brought this response on Twitter:
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The Phillies can’t catch a break, can they?
One of the bright spots in this awful Phillies season has been the play of Jimmy Rollins. He hasn’t been his 2007 MVP self, but he’s returned to his career form after a down 2013. Most of Rollins’ stats are almost in line with his career averages, and his defense has been stellar. If you like regular stats, he’s hitting .243 with 17 homers. If you’re into advanced stats, his WAR is the highest it’s been since 2008. And he broke Mike Schmidt’s franchise record for hits!
Well, now he’s hurt. Rollins hurt his hamstring in Monday night’s loss to the Pirates. The Inquirer reports Rollins will be out for at least 10 days.
The Phillies got a bright spot in their lost season.
Four Phillies pitchers — Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon — held the Atlanta Braves hitless for nine innings in the Phils’ 7–0 win. It was the first combined no-hitter in the Phillies’ history, and the team’s first since Roy Halladay threw one against the Reds in the 2010 National League Division Series.
— Gary Potosky (@InqPotosky) August 28, 2014
The Phillies made a surprising announcement Thursday afternoon when they revealed general partner and president David Montgomery is taking an immediate medical leave of absence while he recovers from jaw cancer surgery.
Pat Gillick has assumed Montgomery’s responsibilities.
The team added in its statement: “The club looks forward to David returning to his roles as General Partner, President and Chief Executive Officer when he is fully recovered.”